For a few months we’ve known that Wally Pfister, the cinematographer who has shot all of Christopher Nolan‘s major work from Memento on, would be making his directorial debut with a top-secret film. We’ve known that Nolan and Emma Thomas are producing, and Pfister said not long ago that “it’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as “Batman,” but not independent.”

Other than those tidbits we’ve known nothing, not even a title. Now we know the film is called Transcendence, and that Johhny Depp is in talks to star.

Edit: While the original news break called the film “Transendence,” as originally spelled here, it appears that was wrong, and the title uses the standard spelling Transcendence.

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At this point, it feels like we’ve seen more trailers for December’s Django Unchained than we have for a lot of October and November releases. Not that I’d think of complaining, when they’re all this much fun.

The latest international trailer remixes some of the same footage we’ve already seen, but offers enough new scenes to give us a fresh angle on the personalities and motivations of the main players – Django (Jamie Foxx), Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz), Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), and Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). And of course, there’s more than enough wit, style, and violence to remind you that this is a Quentin Tarantino movie. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Don’t hide your excitement about having a new Quentin Tarantino movie to discuss in about two months. That movie, Django Unchained, follows a slave (Jamie Foxx) freed by a bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz) with the two then teaming up to search for the slave’s wife (Kerry Washington) who is under the control of a plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio). I describe the film in these basic terms because a new set of character posters has done the same. They put the actors in these complex roles front and center. Simple and clean.

The film will be released on December 25 but you can look at the posters right now.

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Christoph Waltz didn’t get to play one important figure from history, as he had to fall away from playing Sigmund Freud for David Cronenberg in A Dangerous Method. But roles out of history have to be thrown at an actor of Waltz’s capacity on a daily basis. Now he’s lunged at one, and  will join Michael Douglas in the film Reykjavik. Douglas will play Ronald Reagan, and Waltz will appear as Mikhail Gorbachev, who was Chairman of the Supreme Soviet and then President of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev essentially led the USSR out of the Cold War. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino‘s new film Django Unchained doesn’t open until Christmas Day, but we’ve seen a few trailers already, and this new Latin American trailer has a bit of footage that most audience haven’t seen yet. That makes it worth a look for pretty much everyone. Check out that new stuff from Tarantino’s revenge “Southern,” starring Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Kerry Washington, below. Read More »

Briefly: Yesterday we told you about Candy Store, the crime thriller script that Syriana writer/director Stepen Gaghan is set to make as his next feature. Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington may end up in the film’s two lead roles, and now we know that the production wants Christoph Waltz, too. Even better, in the same report that tags Watlz as a hopeful (an offer is out to the actor) The Wrap details some of he plot, so we’ve got a better idea of what to exect from the film.

The film follows “an elite, highly trained deep-cover operative who loses everything, ultimately disappearing into Brooklyn, where he must start again. He washes up as a beat cop, only to discover the global organization he was dedicated to fighting is also operating in his new backyard.” That’s gotta sting. The role for which Pitt is sought is Mark Swain, and in the event he doesn’t bite there is a long list of popular actors that producers are ready to approach: Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Bradley Cooper.

Waltz would play a guy named Black Zenga, which sounds like a villain role if I’ve ever heard one.

After many delays trying to (re)make the film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, financing for that project fell through and it seemed that Terry Gilliam was without a next feature project. So we were surprised not long ago when he announced that his next film, The Zero Theorem, is in pre-production and ready to shoot within weeks. Christoph Waltz is set to star as a man named Qohen, who works under the thumb of an organization referred to as Management, and who is trying to find the reason for human existence.

Sounds very Gilliam, and rather dark and heavy. But the director says it isn’t quite as overbearing as all that, and explains “it’s very funny. That synopsis sounds much darker and broodier than it is.” Gilliam compares the film to 12 Monkeys which, sure, is relatively light for Gilliam, but not exactly easy going on the whole.

His comments on the script — in development back in 2009 and thought scrapped since then — aren’t limited to that, however. After the break, get the lowdown on how The Zero Theorem is almost a one-room show, and what else it has to offer. Read More »

It might have been as fat back as 2009 when we last heard about The Zero Theorem, a sort of sci-fi exploration into the existence, or lack thereof, of meaning in life. Written by Pat Rushin, the script was once in development by Terry Gilliam, but it seemed like he had scrapped it quite a while ago.

Just because Gilliam pushes pause on something doesn’t mean it is gone, however, and now The Zero Theorem is back, and with Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained) replacing the once-attached Billy Bob Thornton as the man set to play Qohen Leth, “an eccentric and reclusive computer genius.” Read More »

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